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File format for print..

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by katy, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. macrumors member


    I have been sending files to print in Tif format but would it be the same result if the files were saved as a pdf? Is there any loss in quality etc?

  2. macrumors 65816

    yes, how much of a difference it all depends on the configuration of the pdf, ie image compression etc. Usually a high res low compression pdf is comparable in my experiences.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    In theory, a resolution TIFF should give you as good a printed output as any other format, and obviously better than any lossy format, like JPEG.

    In practice, if there is any significant amount of text, then I would always go with a PDF, since text from a TIFF always seems to look slightly fuzzy.

    Short version: photographic images won't go far wrong with any lossless graphic format. TIFF has always been my preference. Text or more graphical images will probably benefit from a vector format. PDF lets you combine the two.


  4. macrumors member

    Okay, thanks.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    A press quality (no compression) pdf is the way to go.

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